Tue Wed Thu Fri
7°C / 11°C 6°C / 9°C 1°C / 7°C 5°C / 8°C

National Summary


Mostly cloudy and misty today with some rain at times in many places, turning persistent in western and northern parts. Drier, possibly brighter periods in southern and eastern areas for a time this morning. Turning rather windy later, with southwesterly winds increasing fresh to strong and gusty. Top temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees Celsius.


Persistent and at times heavy rain in the west and north will ease overnight. Cloudy with intermittent rain and drizzle elsewhere, and patchy mist and fog also. Lows of 4 to 6 degrees Celsius in Ulster, but 7 to 10 degrees Celsius further south. Blustery southwesterly winds will veer westerly overnight and moderate.


Wednesday: Mostly dry at first over the northern half of the country with some early brightness, but mainly cloudy elsewhere with outbreaks of rain. Cloud will thicken everywhere through the afternoon, as a band of heavy and persistent rain edges northeastwards. Light to moderate westerly winds at first, will back southwesterly during the afternoon and strengthen, becoming very strong tomorrow night. Afternoon temperatures will range from about 7 or 8 degrees over Ulster to 12 or 13 degrees Celsius in parts of the south.


Changeable Atlantic regime with a brief, potentially disruptive, spell of weather imminent late Wednesday and early Thursday. Wednesday night: Heavy rain developing countrywide, as southwesterly winds increase strong to gale overnight, with strong gale to storm force gusts developing along western, southern and eastern coasts. Rain turning to squally showers, some thundery with a risk of hail, sleet and hill snow, especially in northern areas, as winds veer strong to gale force northwesterly. Lows of 3 to 6 degrees generally, but possibly 1 or 2 degrees by dawn in Ulster. Thursday: Cool and windy, or perhaps even stormy about the north Leinster and east Ulster coasts at first. Widespread blustery showers, some thundery with hail and sleet mixed in. Temperatures ranging 6 to 9 degrees but feeling much colder in the strong to near gale force west to northwesterly winds, gradually easing through the afternoon and evening.Thursday night: Chilly overnight with the risk of a slight frost as temperatures dip to zero or minus 1 degree as winds fall light. Showers, possibly wintry on high ground, retreating to the northern and western coastal fringes. Friday: Mainly dry and bright but cold to begin on Friday with just isolated showers in the north and west. Clouding over with rain spreading from the Atlantic later. Winds backing southerly and strengthening overnight.Saturday: Wet and windy at first with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds veering west to southwesterly later as rain turns to showers. Sunday: Another spell of wet and windy weather arrives from the Atlantic.

Weather Charts


Midday Today Isobars

Midday Today Rainfall

Midday Today Clouds

Midday Today Temperature


Midday Tomorrow Isobars

Midday Tomorrow Rainfall

Midday Tomorrow Clouds

Midday Tomorrow Temperature

Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

South-Southwest, 10 Knots, Mist, 4 Miles, 1012, Falling

Dublin Airport

West-Southwest, 6 Knots, Cloudy, 16 Miles, 1016, Falling slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West-Southwest, 21 Knots, Gust 31 Knots, Wave ht: 2.4 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1018, Falling slowly

Roches Point Automatic

West-Southwest, 14 Knots, Cloudy, 21 Miles, 1018, Falling slowly

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Southwest, 18 Knots, Mist, 2 Miles, 1019, Falling slowly

Valentia Automatic

West-Southwest, 16 Knots, Light rain, 1.4 Miles, 1019, Falling slowly

Mace Head Automatic

West-Southwest, 14 Knots, Light rain, 0.8 Miles, 1015, Falling

Belmullet Automatic

South-Southwest, 13 Knots, Fair, 15 Miles, 1013, Falling

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West-Southwest, 9 Knots, Wave ht:0.6 m, 1015, Falling slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

Southwest, 17 Knots, Wave height not available, 1011, Falling

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

West-Southwest, 24 Knots, Wave ht: 3.5 m, 1013, Falling

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 0600 Tuesday 21 February 2017 Issued at 0600 Monday 20 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 0300: A moderate to strong west to southwest airflow covers Ireland. A cold front will sink southwards over the country during today, gradually weakening and becoming slow-moving over north Munster and south Leinster later today.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and for the Irish Sea

Wind: West to southwest force 4 to 6, strongest in the Irish Sea north of Anglesey. Decreasing force 4 or 5 this evening. Backing southwest to south early on Tuesday and decreasing force 3 or 4, but still occasionally force 5 in the south.

Weather: Patches of rain, drizzle and fog.

Visibility: Generally moderate to poor.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Roches Point to Loop Head

Wind: West to southwest force 4 to 6 for the whole period.

Weather: Patches of rain, drizzle and fog.

Visibility: Generally moderate to poor.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Loop Head to Erris Head to Fair Head

Wind: West to southwest force 5 to 7, strongest in the north, veering west to northwest forenoon today and decreasing force 4 to 6 this afternoon. Further decreasing force 3 to 5 early tonight and gradually backing west to southwest early on Tuesday.

Weather: Patches of rain, drizzle and fog.

Visibility: Generally moderate to poor.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0600 Wednesday 22 February 2017: Moderate to fresh or strong west to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty on all Irish coasts and the Irish Sea during Tuesday, veering west to northwest early on Wednesday and moderating from the south. Further spells of rain, drizzle and local fog patches.

Weather Warnings

Gale Warning

Southwest winds will occasionally reach gale force 8 during Tuesday afternoon, on Irish coastal waters, from Valentia to Erris Head to Malin Head.

Small Craft Warning

West to southwest winds will reach force 6 or 7 on Irish coasts from Malin Head to Carnsore Point to Valentia during today.